Counselling and Psychotherapy

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
There is a field.
I will meet you there."
Jelaluddin Rumi - 13th Century Sufi Poet

I am often asked what is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy. For me, bearing in mind the models I use, it is a question of depth.

Integrative counselling

Short-term, and long-term counselling allows me to help clients look
at life issues that are current, and are causing emotional fall-out which can be difficult to deal with. Issues such as bereavement, redundancy and breakdown of relationships come to mind.

As an Integrative Counsellor I use a synthesis of various models - Transactional Analysis (TA), Cognitive/Behavioural, Psychodynamic and Humanistic. This allows me to help clients address issues that surface in a creative, warm, challenging and safe environment that is optimum for growth. For example, family of origin dynamics can be explored slowly and carefully, allowing difficult emotional feelings to surface and be re-integrated to help the settling of dis-ease and move towards wholeness. In this way relationships, as they are now, are impacted in a healing way. In other words, by addressing the past we deal with the present.

Transpersonal Psychotherapy

Long-term Transpersonal Psychotherapy allows a deeper examination of the root causes of emotional disturbance in a way that short-term and long-term Counselling are possibly not suited to. Deep life issues can be addressed such as questions around the meaning of life that can be difficult to approach in a materialistic, industrialised society. That this is done in a safe and caring relationship is vital for us if we are to be helped to grow.

Issues of a spiritual nature can be safely approached in a manner that is sometimes not possible in a blame-and-shame culture that is deeply intolerant of others. In this there is the potential to move beyond the personal and raise awareness towards areas that are beyond the rational mind. I also use sound and music if the client and myself feel that it is appropriate.

Having been a Yogi for 11 years, I am also studying Yoga Philosophy with a view towards a transpersonal model based on this Philosophy. It was towards this end that I did the BWY Foundation Course in 2006.

You may like to read more about my personal background and life experience to get a sense of what I bring to this work. Please feel encouraged to get in touch on 01730 895635 or to talk about what you are looking for.

Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Teacher - Professional Background
  • BACP registered since 1994 (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • UKCP registered (no. 4156796) since 2005 (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
  • 2006 British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course 1 (Tutor: Michael Hutchinson)
  • 2005-06 Tutor for the Certificate in Counselling Skills and Studies from a Transpersonal Perspective, Centre for Transpersonal Psychology - Anamcara Centre, London
  • 2002-04 MA in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy - CCPE/De Montfort University, Leicester
  • 2001-05 Tutor for CPCAB Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2 year course) - Farnborough College
  • 2000-03 Tutor for AQA Certificate in Counselling Skills (1 year course) - Farnborough College
  • 2000-02 Certificate in Education - Farnborough College
  • 1999-present Psychotherapist and Counsellor in private practice
  • 1999-2002 Psychotherapist and Counsellor - Woolmer's GP Surgery, Bordon
  • 1997-99 Psychotherapist and Counsellor - Kelsey's Surgery, Liss
  • 1995-98 Diploma in Professional Counselling - Farnborough College
  • 1994-95 Certificate in Counselling Skills - Alton College

Russell Stone
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